Tijuana de Playas is the beachfront neighborhood of Tijuana. This is not really a tourist area, although visitors are definitely welcome! Most Americans gravitate towards the downtown area of TJ (Ave. Revolution) or Rosarito, although there are nice eating establishments on the bluff overlooking the beach. The majority of of people you will meet in this area are local residents, and the restaurants and shops cater to residents. Therefore, restaurants do not generally offer cheap lobster dinners but do have a nice modestly priced dinners and appetizers that cater to local tastes. Shrimp cocktails, fish tacos, and various seafood concoctions are the local fare, with local Nortena bands for entertainment and buckets of cervesas the primary draw. The beach is nice, but is very crowded with locals on most days. This is a place to visit only if you are interested in experiencing the locals scene. Every restaurant has at least one English-speaking waiter, but remember tourists as primarily a secondary market here. It is safe, fun, and a good place to go if you are interested in a more "locals" scene. The beach boardwalk is a nice addition, and the food/drink prices are better than what will be found in the downtown area. Bottom line, remember you are in Mexico, sharing the local culture with local residents. Do not expect anything more, and you will have a great time!
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